Friday, April 4, 2008
Gordon Powers Royals, Thompson Grounds Rockies
Thursday's Players of the Day American League If you haven't heard about Alex Gordon already, you may be missing out on one of the next pure power hitters in the American League. Gordon, who started most of last season for the Kansas City Royals, is now a fixture at third base and last night clubbed his second home run of the season, a two-run shot that staked the Royals to a 2-0 lead in their eventual 4-1 win over Detroit. Gordon's blast to left center was all starter Zack Greinke would need, as he blanked the Tigers over the first six innings, and left after allowing a solo homer to Brandon Inge in the seventh. Gordon's two RBI doubled his total to 4 for the year. National League Used primarily as a middle reliever and spot starter last season, Brad Thompson wasn't expected to do much more than keep the Cardinals in games this season, though he has always done well against the Rockies. On Thursday, the sinkerballer stymied the reigning National League champions, blanking them on 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out 6 and getting 10 ground outs. Thompson also aided his own cause with a single in the 5th inning that plated the Cardinals' third and final score of the game. Thompson issued just 2 walks in the 3-0 win.